Glenn Patterson began his first novel, Burning Your Own, while studying at the University of East Anglia, where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. In 1989 he was appointed writer in the community for Lisburn and Craigavon by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and started work on his second novel, Fat Lad, which was published in 1992. A year later he went to University College Cork as writer in residence, and the year after that became writer in residence at Queen’s University Belfast.
Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain was published in 1995 and was followed in 1999 by The International. His fifth novel, Number 5, appeared in 2003, his sixth, That Which Was, in 2004 followed by The Third Party (2007), set in Hiroshima. A collection of his journalism was published in 2006 under the title Lapsed Protestant. His first full-length work of non-fiction, Once Upon a Hill, was published in 2008.
Glenn’s television work includes documentaries for BBC, RTé, Channel 4 and Granada. He teaches creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Queen’s University Belfast and is a member of Aosdána.